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Move over, Morgan Freeman! It’s Octavia Spencer’s turn to play God.

Spencer has had one major year, all thanks to her Oscar nominated film, Hidden Figures, and now, the star’s streak is continuing with the new spiritual drama, The Shack. 

In the film, based on the 2007 novel by William P. Young, Spencer plays Papa, a.k.a. God. That’s right, GOD! “It’s exciting,” she recently told HipHollywood about the role.

While audiences follow the tangible spiritual journey of a man played by Sam Worthington, fans quickly realize that the portrayal of God is unlike any other — an African-American woman who can throw down in the kitchen and enjoys reggae music.

When asked if Spencer ever thought God could be a “sister who could cook,” she responded: “What I know to be true of this character, it’s about expediency. God is manifested this way because a Black woman was the only person to show a young Mack [Sam Worthington] kindness.”

The Shack, also starring Tim McGraw and Radha Mitchell, hits theaters on March 3.


‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience



Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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